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CC is Back and Unstoppable!

Dearest CC fans, Much like Robert Patrick in Terminator 2, you can’t stop us here at Cease, Cows. You can tell us we have a thesis, plus a paper, plus a presentation due soon so we can graduate and not waste 40k, but we give no fucks. Zero. We’re fuckless…or…something. What we’re saying is: We’re reopening…

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Final Girl by Richard Scott Larson

This is the part where she should start running, like the last girl alive in a horror movie. But she knows that no matter how fast she goes, the wrong person will always find her. This one isn’t necessarily unattractive, and he didn’t show up late, start the date with some lame joke, or kill…

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Cochise by Matthew Guerruckey

The throng of tourists and locals, cops and pimps, saints and murderers moved through Times Square as an interconnected force, rushing past the frail old man sweating in his giant winter coat. The man’s name was Edgar, but that hadn’t mattered for decades. The taut skin on his sunburned face shone like scales. He held…

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Knots by Gwen Beatty

We would drive until we hit dead ends. The point was to get lost, really, but we could never shake the city lights in our rearview. When Davey dropped out of college he told everyone he was training to be a professional wrestler because he didn’t want to admit he’d turned to relentless day drinking,…

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Party with Artists by Leonard Kress

Several men check their Blackberries for scores—Ohio State and whoever—so they fail to notice the girl who’s less than half their age, as she lowers herself to the couch and falls asleep. One of her arms dangles and her fingers splay over the edge and grasp at the carpet. If the dog chained outside the…

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Unaging Photos by Nathaniel Tower

I used to photograph girls back in the 80s when it was still about novelty and vanity. My studio was a shaded bench hugging the lesser-traveled trail of an oft-visited park. There my old Hasselblad captured girls who were beautiful in their own ways. They had kinks in their backs and lopsided noses. Bodies strewn…

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Scar Memoir: A Brother’s Rebuttal by Donna Vorreyer

* Page 37: This accident was really not an accident. I swung the coffee can with intent at Susan’s forehead, creating the crescent scar in her eyebrow that was the result of childish play, the sweet camaraderie of siblings. The accident story was for our father, who insisted we did not have “the goddamned luxury” of emergency room visits. (See…

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Inkblot Cats by April L. Ford

“He has no right brain.” “Of course he does. It’s right there.” “That’s where it should be. Nothing is there.” “I see.” “What do we tell Doctor Wills?” “We need to run a P.E.T. scan.” “And Mr. Loomis?” “Tammy will schedule the appointment.” While the senior and junior radiologists discussed the unusual black shape obscuring…

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Catherine Takes to Her Bath by Laura Roberts

Catherine the Great had taken to her bath the way only powerful monarchs of the oldest school could ever do such things: completely and resolutely. No one was quite sure what had prompted her obsession with cleanliness (or was it fear of the outside world?), but after a week spent in her oversized claw-foot tub, a great number…